Cougar of the Week: Aaron Chin

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By Mai Hayashi
Scarlet Staff

Photo by Liz Mattarazzo.

Name: Aaron Chin
Year: 5th year
Home: Hong Kong
Sport: Tennis

Q. How long have you been playing tennis?

A. Since I was eight years old. I followed my two-year-old sister’s lessons and helped out. That was my first experience with tennis. I hated it when I started learning tennis on my own because I was really shy with other kids, but then I started and liked it again when I was a teenager.

Q. How has tennis changed your life?

A. I think tennis is an individual sport and I like playing singles. It shaped me to have a more independent personality because you have to think on your own and need to be a strong person.

Q. You already completed a four-year career at Clark, and you were named captain of the team your junior and senior years. Any memorable moments?

A. Even though our backgrounds, personalities, and mentalities are different, the team got together and learned from each other. And I convinced my roommate, Jason Lui, to join the tennis team. We have been best friends ever since.

Q. What do you expect from your teammates?

A. Our coach has done a phenomenonal job at recruiting good players. Also, I can see my teammates putting their best forward. I hope they will be strong players and be able to encourage others as a team.

Q. Do you want to continue to play tennis?

A. Definitely. Tennis is such a life sport. I think it’s a great social sport and a great way to get to know someone. Now, I belong to Appetizer Club and play with former Clark teammates.

Q. What is the best thing about tennis?

A. Tennis is a mental sport. Some say that it’s 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical. Sometimes it doesn’t matter if you’re the best trainee, if you are mentally strong. Also, you never know what’s going to happen in a game.